Category Archives: Comics

My ADC-1 Comic Book Script V4 – Dissected At ComixTribe

I resubmitted the 4th iteration of my comic book script to the guys at ComixTribe and as expected, it came back with some areas for improvement.

I highly recommend this free service as personally I am learning loads from following the weekly critiques.

Time for me to digest and improve.

You can read the article on ComixTribe here.

And follow the discussion on the Digital Webbing Forum here.

Project ADC-1 Comic Book Script V4

This is version 4 of my Project ADC-1 comic book script.  I’ve added a bit more dialogue at the beginning in an attempt to reveal more of the storyline early on.

I’ve also tinkered about with the moths.  They are no longer flame proof, but they can release a thick smoke-like dust.

Continue reading Project ADC-1 Comic Book Script V4

New Link Added: ComixTribe

I’ve just added a link from this site to ComixTribe.

For many months now I have been studying the articles on this site to learn more about creating comics.  There is a wealth of information on here for all comics creators.

There is even a section where you can submit your own comic script for a free review by industry professionals.  Be warned though, this is not for the faint hearted, these guys don’t sugar coat stuff!

I have even used this service myself for my Project ADC-1 script V3.  You can read the review here.  It has definitely given me a few pointers for the next draft.

Project ADC-1: 19 December 2015

My digital comic project has slowed down over the last 4 weeks since I realised I needed more sleep than I was getting.  It’s about finding a good balance.  I guess sometimes if you want to get to the finish line, you have to slow down a bit.

Tasks completed over the last 4 weeks:

  1. Atonis Trogade concept art.
  2. Steampunk helmet concept art.

Tasks to be completed over the next 4 weeks:

  1. Dark Temple concept art.
  2. Steampunk pistol concept art.
  3. Green moth concept art.

Project ADC-1: 20 November 2015

 

My digital comic project has been bubbling along over the last 4 weeks while I’ve been trying to improve my art skills.

Tasks completed over the last 4 weeks:

  1. Website logo.
  2. Dark Acolyte concept art
  3. Umia Yulon concept art.
  4. Comic Book Script V3.

Tasks to be completed over the next 4 weeks:

  1. Atonis Trogade concept art.
  2. Steampunk helmet concept art.
  3. Steampunk pistol concept art.
  4. Green moth concept art.

Project ADC-1 Comic Book Script V3

This is version 3 of the comic book script for my digital comic project.  I’ve taken out the bit about rescuing the hedgehogs and also added some telepathic dialogue between Benevolen and his moths.

Continue reading Project ADC-1 Comic Book Script V3

Project ADC-1: 09 October 2015

 

After pondering my priorities for this project, I have moved the goal posts on myself and decided that no-longer will Timescales be the over-riding priority.

Instead Quality will be the over-riding priority.

The reason is that I am enjoying the journey as much as the thought of the end-goal so I want to continue to take the time to explore interesting avenues as I find them.

My Make A Steampunk eComic Dashboard page has been updated accordingly.

Tasks completed over the last 2 weeks:

  1. Dark Temple of Mymosule concept art (4 hrs).
  2. Design an Artloader logo for this website (Started 2 hrs).

Tasks planned for the next 2 weeks:

  1. Design an Artloader logo for this website (2 hrs).
  2. Dark Acolyte Of Mymosule concept art by painting over a 3D render (10 hrs).

Project ADC-1: 25 September 2015

 

My digital comic project went off the rails a bit over the last 2 weeks when I decided to re-write the plot.  It didn’t reveal enough about Benevolen’s stealth abilities.

Now it does.

I’m starting do reconsider my over-riding prioritisation of timescales.  Quality is starting to matter more to me than getting this done quick.

Hmmm meditate upon this I will …

Work Completed During The Last 2 Weeks:

  1. Idea Brainstorming:
  2. Character Design: Added the Acolytes Of Mymosule.
  3. High Level Plot: Re-write.
  4. Script: Re-write.
  5. Concept Art:
  6. Storyboard:
  7. Full Art:
  8. Lettering:
  9. Package As .cbz:
  10. Testing:
  11. Publishing:

Work Planned For The Next 2 Weeks:

  1. Idea Brainstorming:
  2. Character Design:
  3. High Level Plot:
  4. Script:
  5. Concept Art:
    1. Dark Temple Of Mymosule
    2. An example Acolyte Of Mymosule
    3. Umia The Maiden
  6. Storyboard:
  7. Full Art:
  8. Lettering:
  9. Package As .cbz:
  10. Testing:
  11. Publishing:

 

Digital Comic Panel Layout

A while ago I tried reading digital comics on my 3.5 inch mobile phone and found the experience to be less than satisfactory.  Even Comixology’s Guided View technology did little to improve the experience.

That got me thinking about designing a digital comic panel layout.  So what makes a good digital comic panel layout?

I did a bit of surfing around and stumbled upon this useful article on Tapastic:

http://tapastic.com/episode/68726

After studying the above article and mulling over my mobile phone experience, here’s my take on what makes a good digital comic panel layout:

  1. The panel being viewed should fit entirely on the screen.
  2. Vertical page scrolling is preferred.
  3. For smaller mobile devices, people will probably use landscape orientation so landscape panels will work better here.
  4. Horizontal scrolling should be avoided.

So the design I came up with is just to have a column of 3 full width panels which is in line with the above list and you don’t end up with panels that are too squat.